The Charleston Queer Prom 2018

May 4, 2018, 3:58 pm EST | Share:


CHARLESTON, SC [PRESS RELEASE] — It is that time of year again, prom season! Maybe high schoolers attend prom for a magical night of dancing, glamour, and making memories that will last a lifetime. But what if you were bullied in school for the way you act? For the way you dress? For the person you love? Or for the pressure of going with someone of the gender you aren’t attracted too?

The Charleston Queer Prom creates a magical night of celebration that is free of discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and open to everyone who is in middle or high school. Many people aren’t able to go to prom with their partner of choice because they were both of the same gender, or that they were afraid of being victimized if they presented themselves in the way they wished; this is where the Charleston Queer prom fills in the gap.

The Charleston Queer Prom is Presented by We Are Family, South Carolina’s only AND oldest LGBT organization that helps LGBTQ youth.

Why Queer Prom? Why is Queer prom important in Charleston? For LGBTQ Middle/High schoolers, prom can present an incredibly repressive hurdle in someone’s coming out journey. Kids are expected to formally present for the first time, not only in dress but in romantic preference. Although it’s completely within a student’s legal rights to bring whoever they want and wear whatever they like, many witnessed time and time again that the law doesn’t guarantee change when a more conservative school discourages their freedom of speech. Visibility for LGBTQ students remains underrepresented in our schools and examples of how a free expression of love and identity remain few and far between. Queer prom lets kids be who they want to be and dance who they want.

This year’s Queer Prom will be on May 12thfrom 7pm-11pm at Redux Contemporary Art Center (1056 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403) The theme is “Dancing through the Decades” so, expect many fun surprises from your favorite decades. Come dance the night away, enjoy treats, sip on our signature mocktails, and see who will take the crowd in our Lip-Sync for the prom crown contest! Bring whomever you want, wear whatever you want! This is your night to enjoy prom to the fullest!

Please note: This event is open to ALL Middle and High school Students. Straight allies are welcome to attend! Also, this event is FREE!!!! We will have security on site for safety.

Where can students sign up to go? Skip the line and register here for your FREE ticket here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gPm6cENnSFmiw_e7dWhRPeHLSuaRr0-u-SDSMDkTImU/edit

Check out the Facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/160530574589142/